True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga partnered with Netflix for last year’s acclaimed war drama Beasts of No Nation. Now he’s got another high-profile project hitting the gas with the streaming network, and it’s attracted some major Hollywood talent. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone will star in Netflix’s Maniac, a half-hour dark comedy based on a 2014 Norwegian series.
Hill will play a man living out an elaborate fantasy life…while he’s actually locked away in a mental institution. Stone will play a fellow patient, one who will almost certainly play a large role in his fantasy world. It sounds bit like the cult hit British miniseries The Singing Detective, but possibly without the musical numbers.
Deadline reports that True Detective director Cary Fukunaga is executive producing the project with both Stone and Hill, as well as Michael Sugar and Doug Wald of Anonymous Content, Kruke Kristiansen & Anne Kolbjornsen and Espen PA Lervaag & Kjetil Indegard. There’s no writer attached yet, but Netflix is confident enough in the show that they’ve given it a 10-episode straight-to-series order. Fukunaga will direct the show’s entire initial run. It likely won’t arrive in the Netflix catalog until late 2017.
While Netflix dramas like House of Cards and Stranger Things often hog the spotlight, the streaming network has produced some solid and intriguing comedies. Orange Is the New Black is by far the biggest hit on that front, they’ve had tons of smaller gems like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None, and Love. With a quirky premise and A-list talent attached, Maniac could be one of the best Netflix comedies yet. It’s also a concept that would be a real hard sell on a traditional network — further proof that the streaming networks are one of your best bets for consistently bold and unpredictable original content.
Either way, the partnership between Netflix and Fukunaga continues to bear interesting fruit.